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I'm new to linux friends tell me it's the bomb but I don't want to install on good computer until I get the hang of it,but the old laptop I'm tring to install it on all I get is a teal screen. Any ideas
The laptop is an old IBM ThinkPad 390E it goes through the whole set up with the login and password and when I type startx all I get is a teal Screen when it should go to desktop with icons to install to hard disk right.
Fedora 8 hey...
a pretty resource heavy distro. your computer has
# 333 MHz Mobile Pentium II (Dixon PII core)
# 256KB L2 cache, on die, running at full clock speed
# 64 SDRAM standard, 256MB max (66 MHz FSB)
is that right???
I've only have 128 dimm and I've tried on newer computer runs fine but I was told that fedora 8 should run on this antique was trying to fix it up for mother-n-law win xp wont run not enough memory keeps freesing up with win xp, but was told should run fedora 8.
Your hardware doesn't meet the requirements for (graphical) Fedora 8 either, you still don't have enough RAM and your CPU is too slow.
If you really want to run Linux on that machine with a halfway modern interface and software, you will have to use something very lightweight like Slackware, Debian, Vector, Arch, etc; none of the big "friendly" distributions (Fedora, Ubuntu, etc) are going to run on that machine. Coupled with a light WM like XFCE or even FluxBox, you would have a relatively functional machine for basic web browsing and word processing.
Besides, running an older release of a distribution doesn't make a whole lot of sense; you would be using outdated and possibly insecure software. If you are going to do that, you might as well just install Windows 2000 and be done with it.
Don't give up on Linux yet. Assuming your mother-in-law is going to use it for typical websurfing, word processing tasks (sorry for the stereotyping , there are plenty of small distros out there. Check this link .